The Harborough district - including Market Harborough and Lutterworth - is one of the top 50 places to live in the UK, according to a survey by the Halifax bank.
The district came 46th in the company’s Quality of Life survey, which rates different areas for employment, housing, environment, health, education, personal wellbeing and - for the first time - leisure.
Last year the district was ranked 39th.
The best place to live this year was considered to be Winchester in Hampshire.
The average price for a semi in the Winchester area is £479,000 according to website Zoopla, compared with just £252,000 in Market Harborough.